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Apple Gets Hit By US$999 Billion Lawsuit Over Older iPhones’ Slowdowns
By Mikelle Leow, 27 Dec 2017
Image via Apple Newsroom
After constant speculation, Apple has finally stepped forward to confirm that it deliberately slows down older iPhones to prolong their lives.
Unfortunately, the attempt to ease users’ nerves has backfired on Apple, since the reveal also doubles up as evidence against the company. Reuters reports that to date, at least eight lawsuits have been filed in response to the statement.
The most ludicrous appeal so far involves the complainant seeking a US$999 billion payout, brought to light by Patently Apple.
The lawsuit, filed by Violetta Mailyan in the Central District of California, claims:
“Each member of the Class had to buy a newer iPhone model because the performance of their older iPhone model had slowed down as a result of Defendant’s purposeful conduct. Each member of Class was denied the use, utility and value of the older iPhone model because of the slowdown of performance.”
The filer further alleges that the slowing down of iPhones is unlawful because Apple did not clarify beforehand that “iOS updates were engineered to intentionally slow down the speed of older iPhone models.”
“If Defendant disclosed that it would purposefully slow down the performance of older iPhone models Plaintiff and Class would not buy these iPhone models.”
The document also accuses Apple of keeping mum about cheaper alternatives to extending iPhone lifespans, which include exchanging batteries, as opposed to having customers ditch their phones for newer models.
“[I]f Defendant disclosed that the slow performance of older iPhone models could be remedied by purchasing a new battery, Plaintiff and similarly situated Class members would buy a new battery instead of buying a newer iPhone model.”
View the full document, shared by PatentlyApple, below. Do you think US$999 billion might be a bit of a stretch?
[via Patently Apple, cover image via Apple Newsroom]
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